Continuing residence-living here in Fredericton and doing some pastoral ministry on the side gave me a wonderful opportunity to celebrate on the eve of the Feast of the Visitation. Our usual Saturday evening Communion Service was celebrated at this time. The occasion provided an opportunity to share Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys with the ladies who attend regularly. Reading the gospel of the feast (Luke 1:39-56), the story of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys was a "natural" follow-up through from Marguerite’s coming to Ville Marie, her founding of our CND and our connection with the Visitation-Pentecost.
What makes me grateful, and how does my gratitude look and feel?
It began early one Sunday morning, with an email announcing great news. Nothing like an email “proclaiming the release of captives” to get a day going on the right foot. I cried. Tears of joy? Oh I hope so. Tears of sorrow? Had I not prayed enough, believed enough? Every time I saw the news clips on tv and the computer, alone and in a group, I cried. When I was with others, I noticed my tears were not the only ones in the room. Other were crying too. It was such a personal response and an emotional time, I did not ask which tears they were shedding. I only knew my own mix. And I named it “gratitude”.
‘Heart of Jesus is the Heart of the heart of the world and Centre of the centre of the universe.’ Teilhard de Chardin
Greetings from the heart of Africa, a small strand in the Sacred Web of Oneness. We would like to invite you to join us on June 27th, day of the Sacred Heart, to a Global Circle of Silence. Let us make it a memorable moment in time as we join our hearts together in a field of energy to surround the Earth with peace and love, our fragile Earth and her children that are suffering most at this time.